Having good mental health means generally feeling good and being able to cope with everyday life at home and at work. Positive mental health means finding that balance in all parts of your life: social, physical, spiritual. What do mental health and mental illness mean? What is stigma and how can we fight it? How do we meet different mental health needs for different people? How do social conditions affect mental health?
There are many actions unions can take to support better mental health and improve the lives of people with mental illness.
If you are facing mental health challenges, your union can help you. It can advocate for you and help you find out what options for treatment or time off you have.
Because of stigma and discrimination, many people don’t want to share personal information about their mental health challenges. Ideally, people who need help will reach out for it. But this doesn’t always happen. You may be able to help by approaching members and advocating with employers for them.Read More
The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s 2012 report Changing Directions-Changing Lives: the Mental Health Strategy for Canada recommended the wide adoption of psychological health and safety.Read more
Canada needs better programs for promoting mental health and for providing services and support for people living with mental illnesses.
The Mental Injury Toolkit has been designed by union health and safety representatives from 10 unions and researchers from a variety of centres.Read More
There is a growing recognition that workplaces can be a direct cause of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)Read More